Probation teams get free training courses

Probation officers are being offered free online training so they can keep up their career development.

Training provider Red Snapper Learning has released a 19-unit course so that officers can update their continuous professional development (CPD).

With training budgets still under pressure across the Probation Service, keeping up with legislation changes and the latest developments in sentencing planning is challenging.

The free online training course has been released to assist probation officers maintain their skills and expertise. 

The course focuses on:

  • Dangerousness
  • Working with Sex Offenders
  • OASys
  • How to write Parole Reports
  • Pro Social Modelling
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Personal Safety
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Sentence Planning
  • Risk and Risk Management
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health
  • Enforcement
  • Legislation
  • Working with Foreign Nationals
  • Basic Interview Skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Information Assurance.

The course has been produced by Red Snapper Learning (RSL), the training division of the broader Red Snapper Group which supplies a range of service to support the criminal justice sector.

RSL supplies training service for probation, law enforcement, government and third sector organisations.

Their mission is to go beyond the remit of simply being a supplier of services.  RSL’s fuller mission is to become a trusted partner to sector, adding value and helping to raise standards.  The newly issued course is the first in a series of courses planned for release

In January 2020 RSL will release the next on line offering aimed at former probation officers who are considering returning to the service.  The course will assist them in bringing their skills and knowledge up to date to help them with their applications.

David Halling, the RSL operations manager commenting on the initiative said: “We’re delighted to make this offer to the sector.  It’s part of our broader agenda to be a good a ‘corporate citizen’.

He added: “We provide a great deal of services at no cost to the organisations which buy our services and we felt it was time to extend this part of what we do to individual practitioners.  We’d love to hear from probation officers looking to hear more about what we can provide.”

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